The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson
September 29, 2011 from Putnam Juvenile
Hardcover – 372 pages
Available from Amazon here: The Name of the Star (Shades of London)
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.
I love books that use Jack the Ripper as a plot because even now over a century later, the mystery behind him hasn’t been solved – although there are many hypotheses. So for me reading a YA book with a Jack the Ripper twist was interesting and I was immediately drawn into Rory’s story. Unfortunately, the second book in the series isn’t scheduled to be released until 2013 (although it is supposed to be early in the year). But I am tracking on its release and can’t wait to see what the author does next.